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Editorial Reviews

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"The editing, notes, and research evident in this volume are excellent." — Church History

"Pinpoints secularism and pluralism as key issues shaping early nineteenth-century debate over church-state relations." — Journal of Southern History

"The book will be of interest to anyone interested in religion and politics or American history. In addition, because the book makes available obviously important primary source documents, it should be placed on the shelves of every serious academic library." — Review of Religious Research

"The data of this book bear serious scrutiny." — The Christian Statesman

"Dreisbach's book is worthy of serious attention." — University Bookman

"Dreisbach has done an important service in returning this little-studied controversy to the public debate." — American Journal of Legal History

A copy of Reverend Jaspar Adams' 1833 sermon, "The Relation of Christianity to Civil Government in the United States," and unpublished letters responding to its thesis form the core of this critical analysis of the historical foundation of debates in church-state relations, and the First Amendment. Adams' belief that a Christian ethic must inform all civil, legal, and political institutions has an eerily contemporary ring. The responses from James Madison, John Marshall, Joseph Story, and J.S. Richardson also exhibit a familiar, politic position hesitant to offend strong religious convictions and yet committed to secular government. The appendices supply biographical material on Adams. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813108803
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on the Texts
Introduction: A Debate on Religion and Politics in the Early Republic 1
Pt. 1 Sermon 37
The Relation of Christianity to Civil Government in the United States, 2d ed. 1833 39
Adams's Sermon Notes 59
Works Cited by Adams 105
Pt. 2 Response 111
Letters to the Reverend Jasper Adams 113
Review Essay: "Immunity of Religion" 123
Epilogue: Reflections on the Church-State Debate 151
Appendix One. The Life and Works of Jasper Adams 163
Appendix Two. Obituary of the Reverend Jasper Adams, D.D., from the Pendleton Messenger, 12 November 1841 168
Appendix Three. The Sermon, Delivered at Pendleton, by the Rector of Christ Church, Greenville, on the Occasion of the Death of the Rev. Jasper Adams, D.D. 170
Appendix Four. The Publication and Distribution of Adams's Sermon 177
Selected Bibliography 192
Index 208
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